The unions with representation in CaixaBank have called a general strike this Tuesday to demand that the bank improve the conditions of the employment regulation file (ERE) and guarantee the voluntary nature of the exits. According to CC.OO. sources, demonstrations and / or rallies have been scheduled throughout Spain. On the other hand, this Tuesday the negotiating table of the ERE will meet again, to which the labor representatives will attend, despite the fact that they will support the strike.
Since CaixaBank’s management and union representation formed the ERE’s negotiating table more than two months ago, progress has been made in terms of the number of terminations, while the bank’s management has repeatedly improved its financial offer for outgoing workers. The 8,291 initially proposed layoffs have been lowered to 7,400, by including 686 relocations in subsidiary companies of the CaixaBank group.
Regarding exit conditions, the bank’s latest proposal includes, broadly speaking, rMonthly income of 56% of the fixed salary for employees between 56 and 63 years old and 54% for those aged 54 and 55. All of them would have a special agreement with Social Security until the age of 63. The compensation for employees aged 52 and 53 would be a single payment of six times 52% of the fixed salary and those under 52 would be compensated with 35 days per year worked, with a maximum of 24 monthly payments. It was due to end on June 10, it was extended until June 29 to continue trying to bring positions closer together.
The red line for labor representatives is that the voluntary nature of the departures is guaranteed, but they believe that the conditions offered by the entity are “far” from being compatible with the voluntary nature required. «The management of the company does not accept the scheme of proposals of the unions and there are no advances that lead us to think about the closure of the agreement voluntarily. For this reason, all the legal representation of the workers reaffirm ourselves in rejecting the forced dismissals and the reduction of the working conditions of the CaixaBank staff, ”the unions said a week ago.